Beach Naturalists Needed

BeachNaturalistVolunteerBecome a Beach Naturalist!

Join our Beach Naturalist learning community for the 5th full summer of sharing knowledge on beach, arousing curiosity, and feeling connections to the critters and the amazing intertidal and nearshore habitats they live in.  Inspire to increase our own and the sound’s greater health and joy.

For more information and updates: See Naturalist and/or email or call Wendy (360) 866-1554 or 208 859-6239, 


Classroom: 5 – Save these Thursday evenings, 6-9pm: April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 28.

On-the-Beach: Two weekend days,  Saturday, April 18 plus another to be determined between Saturday, May 9, 3-5 pm; Sunday, May 17, 11–1 pm; or May 30, 10-noon.
Field Trip: Squaxin Museum and Taylor Shellfish in planning.

Training Locations: 5046 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia (; South Sound Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia; Burfoot County and Tolmie State Parks.

 Registration Fees and Book Pre-Order:

$50 for New Beach Naturalists (includes individual SSEA membership).

$40 for Returning Beach Naturalists (includes 2015 SSEA membership).

$5 for returning Beach Naturalists with a 2015 membership.

Optional – add $15 (special price) for our “textbook” Puget Sound’s Wildside.

  • Student/Low-income – call about possible discounts.


*Note – Until system update is complete, this form will download as a Word document.
Save As [please add Your Last and First Name in front of downloaded  name].  Fill out and Re-Save the document.
  • write across the top – 2015 BN registration- (fill in other interests, too – we will forward it on)
  • Include under phones Times to Call you – best _____, earliest __, latest __
  • To guarantee your spot for training, enclose a check and write close to top of application –  Enclosed Check For  $___.
  • Send in application (to PO Box 2182, Olympia, WA 98507 OR email Wendy and attach)
After Training Service: Five 3 hour shifts as Beach Naturalist or other SSEA opportunities including spring school groups on the beach. 

   We look forward to having you join us to      

            Explore • Connect • Inspire

THANK YOU!  See you April 16!

Wendy Eklund
Beach Naturalist, Program Manager

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March 6, 7 pm Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina

Pier Peer at Boston Harbor

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Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina is a nighttime underwater lighting event.  Held Friday night, March 6, 2015 7 pm.  For reservations, click on events/pier peer.

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Feb. 19th, 7pm, Capital Lake Assessment, Chris Page, Ruckelshaus Center

ChrisPage_000February 19, Results from the Ruckelshaus Center’s Capital Lake Assessment

Chris Page from the Ruckelshaus Center will share with us their approach to collaborative problem solving, how they applied the process for the Olympia’s Capital Lake assessment and a summary of the results.

Lott WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia, Doors open at 6:30.  Presentation from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

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March 31, 2015 Olympia Little Theatre Benefit Performance


March 31, 2015, 7:55pm

Olympia Little Theatre is offering a Benefit Performance for South Sound Estuary Association.  Tickets $10.

The play is Laughing Stock by Charles Morey.

It is a funny and genuinely affectionate look at the magic that lies at the heart of the theatrical world.  When “The Playhouse” a rustic New England summer theater schedules a repertory season of Dracula, Hamlet and Charley’s Aunt, predictably confusion ensues.  Follow company from auditions to opening night…the elation of a great play well-told and the comic and nostalgic final night of the season.

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Needed Educators for Education component of the Estuarium

Judy teachesSouth Sound Estuary Association is seeking 2 individuals to work part-time with 5th graders in the classroom environmental education component of the Estuarium. During 2015 we will provide the landforms science curriculum to a maximum of 28 classes, 2 at a time for 14 separate visits. There two curriculum elements – one, that takes place in the Estuarium, uses Budd Inlet historic dredging and landfill as a learning tool and the other is a walking tour of downtown’s historic shoreline.

We will contract with 2 individuals to be responsible for a portion of the curriculum. These individuals will work as a a team with Betsea Antonio, Estuarium Operations Manager.

Desirable qualifications: BA/BS in environmental studies, with marine and estuary focus. Experience with teaching/classroom instruction and working with 10 – 12 year olds. Like working with kids. Available weekdays. Flexible schedule to fit the scheduling needs of school groups. Reliable.

Must Pass a WA State Patrol background check.

Reimbursement: Per group visit. Specifics available to qualified candidates.


If interested submit, letter of interest with a completed volunteer form (found at under Volunteering tab) and name/contact information for 2 referenced to by Friday, February 13th, 5 pm.

Questions can also be directed to

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Join us at the February 6th, 7 pm Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina

Sign up for our February 6th Pier Peer. We had so much fun last month! We saw a Sea Lemon!…/Sea_Lemon.html

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SSEA ANNUAL MEETING – April 7th, 6:00 – 8:30pm

HOLD the date for the upcoming SSEA Annual Meeting on April 7th, 6:00 – 8:30 at the Capitol Museum Coach House, 214 – 22nd Ave. SE, Olympia.

Food, Refreshments, Speaker, Volunteer Recognition, Board Elections.

Please put this event on your calendar and join us for a wonderful evening.

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New Estuarium Docent Volunteer Orientation!

New Estuarium Docent Volunteer Orientation!

Interested in supporting SSEA? Why not support us by volunteering as an Estuarium Docent! Join us for an Estuarium Docent Volunteer Orientation, held at the South Sound Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia, January 13th from 6pm-7:30pm. Learn about SSEA and what volunteer opportunities we have to offer! Tea and snacks will be provided. Contact Betsea Antonio at to RSVP.

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Laura James, underwater videographer, January 15th, 7 pm

laura-jamesLaura James from Beneath the Looking Glass will talk about stormwater pollution in Puget Sound Jan. 15, 7:00 – 8:30pm. James is appearing in the Discovery Speaker series offered by the South Sound Estuary Association.

An underwater videographer, James will give a presentation on why Puget Sound is in trouble, what makes it a unique marine environment, and what South Sound residents can do to protect and improve it.

Lott WET Science Center, 500 Adams NE, Olympia.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.

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1st Pier Peer of 2015! January 2nd, 7 pm

January 2nd, Pier Peer at Boson Harbor.  There is still space for you and your family to participate in this nighttime underwater lighting event.  Peer below 10635703_10152816487023109_1031663850642089113_nthe waters of Puget Sound and discover the lives of mysterious and beautiful creatures.  Jellyfish, colorful sea slugs, predatory worms and more visit us at the underwater lights.  Learn about the animals of Puget Sound and see them like you never have before!

Please bring your own flashlight (one per person is ideal), wear non-slip shoes and dress for the weather.  Children under 5 are not advised.  Each between child 6 and 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a life vest for your child if you have one.

Pre-register required!  Please click on link at bottom of this page for the Friday that works for you.

Cost: $10 for 12 and older.  Children 6 – 11 that accompany an adult are free.  Event is not appropriate for children under 6.

Register for January 2, 2015 (Space Available)


Register for February 6, 2015 (Space Available)


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